The West Chester Writing Project (WCWP), formerly called the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, is one of the oldest sites of the National Writing Project (NWP). WCWP follows NWP's guiding principles and provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and acts on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities. WCWP believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. We work in partnership with institutions, organizations, and communities to develop and support leadership for educational improvement.
WCWP offers summer and school-year courses and workshops in teaching writing, teaching literature, writing-reading connections, authentic assessment, and special topics of interest to educators. For information on how to bring a course or professional development program to your district
email Director Dr. Pauline Schmidtor call 610-436-2202.
The West Chester Writing Project is a community of educators whose work is grounded in the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of local teachers.
We collaborate with area school districts to provide high-quality, inquiry-based learning experiences for teachers and students.
We celebrate our rich history of teachers teaching teachers, and we strive for innovative methods to inspire readers and writers.
The West Chester Writing Project envisions a future where every person is a celebrated writer, an engaged learner, and a responsible participant in a digital, interconnected world.
We believe that high-quality reading and writing experiences are powerful and necessary vehicles for antiracism and social justice.
As such, we advocate for changes in K-16 systems that ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students and learners/educators.
Saturday, February 3rd from 10-11:30am
WCU Graduate Center, room 323
This Saturday will feature Alex Del Guidice, a new Teacher Leader from the 2023 Institute. They will share their Teaching Demo that focused on Book Clubs in the classroom; come prepared to learn, write, and be inspired!
Around the Table with WCWP
WCWP's literary magazine is accepting personal narratives, poems, memoirs and fiction. Also to be submitted are photos, artwork, royalty-free images from Google or other sources, drawings, sketches and music to be included with your writing. Please keep the word count under 2000. Send writings and any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Events: Spring Writing Conference
Spring Into Action: Integrating Poetry Across the Curriculum
Saturday, April 20th from 8:30-2pm at the Graduate Center, rooms 325/326.
This event will feature TWO authors - Brett Vogelsinger and Dana Kramaroff
along with breakout sessions, giveaways and Looker Books in attendance.